Great Basin College

ECE 250, Introduction to Teaching the Young Child

Fall 2010

Webcampus Enhanced



Credits:                                             3 credit course


Day & Time:                                     Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:45 PM


Instructor:                                        Professor Lynette Macfarlan, M.A., Edu.


Contact Information:                    Phone: 753-2239


Office: EIT Building, # 259


Office Hours:                                   Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 – 11:30 AM


No Prerequisites




This course is an introduction and overview to the field of Early Childhood Education. The students will explore the breadth, depth, and scope of the objectives, philosophies, and curriculum of Early Care and Education programs across the spectrum.  Emphasis will be placed on the role of the early childhood teacher as a professional.  The students will study the components that constitute a high-quality early childhood program.  Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the physical, social-emotional, creative, physical, and cognitive development of young children.






The Great Basin College Book Store is located in the Community Center building adjacent to Café X.  The GBC Book Store number is 753-2270.  For those of you who are enrolled from another site, please contact the book store to order your books and Extended Syllabus as soon as you are enrolled. You can also order your books on-line through the GBC Web site:   






Essa, Eva.  (1999). Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 6th Edition.  Albany, New York:  Delmar Publishers.








Upon completion of this course students will:




  1. Become knowledgeable about the profession of Early Childhood Education, including career opportunities, public policy, ethical standards, and other current issues in the ECE field.


1st Take-Home Exam

Reflective Essay

Group Presentations (Rubric)

  1. Understand the role of the ECE teacher and how that role impacts the lives of young children.  Students will study the history, concepts, philosophies, and areas of development that support the importance of building a balanced and well rounded child-centered program.


1st Take-Home Exam

Group Philosopher Presentations

In-class Demonstrations

Literacy Lesson Plan (Mini Unit)

Reflective Essay

Observation in Preschool Classrooom

  1. Become knowledgeable about

child development (ages & stages), the value of play, schedules and curriculum planning, the learning environment, positive guidance, children with special needs, and working with families.


2nd  Take-Home Exam

In-class Ages & Stages Project

Design Classroom Environment Literacy Lesson Plan (Mini Unit)

Observation in Preschool Classroom

Group Presentations (Rubric)

  1. Examine the overall Early

Childhood philosophy in a

child-centered program, in which children are allowed to make choices, guidelines are clear and logical, activities are planned to meet the needs of the individual children in the group and adults are consistent and caring.


2nd Take-Home Exam

Literacy Lesson Plan (Mini Unit)

Reflective Essay

Group Projects – Content Areas

Observation in Preschool Classroom







The learning outcomes will be met through a variety of learning experiences to include the following:


Participation: Individual and Group                                         Internet

Handouts and Follow-up Discussions                                Lecture/Power Point

Guest Speakers                                                                    Student Assignments

Reflective Assessment                                                         Group Presentations






Take-Home Exams                                                               Reflective Essays

Literacy-Based Lesson Planning                                        Group Presentations

Unit Development (Rubric)                                                   (Rubric)

In-class Demonstrations/Projects                                       Observations






1.     Attendance and Participation are very important since students will be responsible for lecture material, class activities, discussion, videos, audio-visual material, and information presented by guest speakers.  Attendance will be taken at each class meeting.  Students should plan to attend class regularly and actively participate.  A portion of the final grade is based on participation.  Students must contact the instructor, prior to class, if they are not able to attend.


2.     Students are responsible for information and materials presented in class.  In case of an absence, students should plan to get the missed information from a classmate.  It is imperative that students take relevant notes during class.  Class lectures will not duplicate the textbook information. 


3.      All required readings should be completed prior to class so that students can actively participate in class discussions.


4.      Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of the class period on the day they are due.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor.


5.      Written assignments:

·         Must be typed, organized, and neat.

·         Correct spelling, grammar and format are expected.

·         Students are expected to use spell check and/or the dictionary.

·         Students are expected to proof all work before submitting to the instructor.

·         All essays must be written in an APA format.

·         Any assignment that is more than one page must be stapled or it will not be accepted. 

·         Pages must be numbered.

·         Assignments with excessive or repetitive errors must be rewritten and turned in by the following class period. This decision will be made at the discretion of the instructor. A grade will be given after the rewritten assignment is reviewed.


6.      Group Projects must be presented by the entire group on the assigned day of the presentation.  Members of the group who do not participate in the group presentation will not receive points for the assignment.






Ø     If a student leaves to answer a text or a cell phone call, they will be asked to retrieve their books and leave the classroom for the duration of the class period. 


Ø     Texting is not allowed at any time in the classroom. If you text during class, the instructor will drop you from the class the following day. This policy is not negotiable.  Texting or using cell phones during break must take place outside of the classroom.






Policy of Academic Integrity:  GBC subscribes to the traditional policy of academic integrity:  students are expected to be honest.  Students are expected to do their own work.  Students who plagiarize or commit academic dishonesty are violating the standards of academic integrity and are subject to consequences ranging from failing the assignment or course to dismissal from the institution.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s own.  When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.  In academically honest writing or speaking, the students will acknowledge the source whenever:


Ø     another person’s actual words are quoted.

Ø     another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student’s own words.

Ø    facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is common knowledge.







Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and the degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.


75 points each = 150 points  


·       In-Class Activity: Following a comprehensive study of classroom environments, a detailed floor plan of a preschool classroom will be designed in small groups. Materials will be provided.

50 points per student


·       Classroom Observation: Each student will observe at the Mark H. Dawson Child and Family Center Lab School for a minimum of 3 hours. An observation form will be provided and must be completed and turned in by the specified due date. 75 points per student



·        Reflective Papers:

Autobiography (2 typewritten pages)                            25 points


The Grandpa Tree (2 typewritten pages):                        25 points


Culminating Paper (1 typewritten page):                        25 points


·       Mini-Literacy Unit: In class, students will participate in age-appropriate lesson planning.  Following the lesson plan practice, each student will be required to develop a high-quality, comprehensive lesson plan supported by the Nevada Preschool Content Standards. The plan will be compiled with related materials and resources in a unit format. Example units and lesson plans will be presented in class prior to the submission date.  Those students with significant teaching experience in early childhood education will be expected to complete a series of three plans. 150 points


·       Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A student’s attitude and active participation can make a difference in his or her personal growth, course progression, and success in the world of Early Childhood Education.

50 points each = 100 points







Use this space to keep track of your own progress in the class.  Record the points you receive for each assignment and calculate your letter grade as the semester progresses.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, or concerns about the course.  Constructive recommendations are welcomed!





Your Score

Exam # 1

100 points



Exam # 2

  75 points



Floor Plan

  50 points



Classroom Observation

  75 points



Reflective Papers:

Autobiography        25 pts. Grandpa Tree -        25 pts. Culminating Paper – 25 pts.

  75 points




  50 points


Positive Disposition


  50 points




 125 points


Total Possible Points


600 points








90 - 100 %

540 - 600


80 -  89%

480 - 539


70 -  79%  

420 - 479


60 -  69%

359 - 419


0 -   59%

 0 - 358


Calculate your letter grade at any time by dividing the total points accumulated by the total points possible to calculate the letter grade

 For Example:     540  = .9 or 90%


90% of Total Possible = A.







ADA Accommodations


Great Basin College supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students.  Please contact the ADA officer in Elko at 753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.